This drawing series was inspired by the Syrian Refugee Crisis. Here in New Zealand we are so far removed from this massive humanitarian crisis. I made these drawings to draw attention to this issue and to initiate and encourage people to think about what our society does for refugees. Why don’t we do more? Daily newspaper and social media images have been used to make drawings. I intended to create art from these images to try and extend their reach and strengthen their impact, to change the context in which these pictures are viewed. Making these portraits in theory have a longer lifespan that a quick flick through a newspaper or newsfeed.